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    Super Member pittsburgpam's Avatar
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    I have been thinking lately about emergency preparedness and survival. I live in California so an earthquake is a distinct possibility and I've been through a few of them. I live alone and if I'm cut off from power, water and other services, what would I do?

    I'm searching the internet and looking at survival lists, air-tight food storage, water storage, what foods to get, etc., and I ordered a couple of books at Amazon to learn basic survival techniques.

    One of the most basic things is a 3 day survival kit in a backpack that you can grab and go, at home and in the car. I think I'll order a couple of the already put together kits.

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    We keep gear in all our trucks, a full set of camping cookware in the attic and 3 big coolers to keep food in if needed. The pantry has canned goods, soups and the basic staples. Oil lamps and candles in every room. Flashlights and first aid things too.

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    No earthquakes here - although I did feel the shock from a quake miles away.

    We prepare for winter ice and snow storms by having a supply of shovels, wood, gas, and food and milk.

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    Here is what I have:

    Emergency Cooler Kit

    Choose a cooler as storage as this seems to work well. You want to fill it with nonperishable items as well as supplies like flashlights and batteries. The idea here is you just grab it and go. Make sure you choose non-perishables you LIKE. There would be nothing worse than being stuck inside during a huge storm, no electricity, and nothing to eat but Vienna Sausages. That is unless you like Vienna Sausages. Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water.

    Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
    Energy or Snack Bars
    Staples (salt, sugar, pepper, spices, etc.)
    Canned Juices
    High energy foods (nuts and dried fruits)
    Cereal
    Paper plates, Utensils and Cups
    Matches
    Comfort/stress foods (cookies, snack cakes etc)
    First Aid Kit
    TONS of bottled water (1 gallon per person X 4 days) Vitamins
    Hand operated can opener
    Candles
    Couple Blankets (one per person)
    Pet food and water
    Radio - battery or crank operated - with batteries that fit Change of clothes
    Battery operated or Wind up Clock
    Food for infants
    Flashlights X 2 with batteries that fit both

    Carol B

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    Since I've never lived on a farm and don't know much about it other than growing a few vegis and herbs, I ordered a book on gardening for survival.

    I think if there is a major disaster one of the most valuable things to have is knowledge.

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    We are scout leaders... we have a whole Coleman store in our garage, tents, equipment, stoves, lanturns, both propane and white gas. Sleeping bags and everything else are in the storage space under the stairs.

    The boy's dad bought me a whole big set of candles which I never used, plus I have tons I've bought over time... So I'm not short on anything.

    We have wood under the back deck if we got desperate we also have bricks that we could make a fire pit in our backyard.

    What I don't have is water put away, which I should get a few bottles and a case or 2.

    I always have a good supply of canned goods and pre packaged food, but I should get list and see what else I might be missing "just in case".

    I do try to keep some of the boy's dad's medications in a safe place so that he would have a few days worth. I might just up that to a weeks worth.

    I guess I've taken the Scouting "Be Prepared" seriously!!!

    Theresa

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    This is something we might all think about. Ya just never know, regardless of where you live. If I am in my home & a disaster hits so that I need to stay put, I can survive well. I need to put together a survival bag for my car. Thank You for bringing this up. Need to put together that car bag.

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    Here is also an EMERGENCY CAR KIT

    Choose a small cooler or a box or crate as storage. That way you can remove it if you need trunk space, and everything will stay together. To be kept in car year round. Change batteries in your pack when you change the time on your clocks.

    Bags of sand, road salt, or non-clumping cat litter. The bags extra weight means better traction, and the contents can be spread under slipping tires.
    Ice Scraper
    Jumper Cables
    Small shovel (to dig snow away from wheels or scatter sand on roadway.
    Tire chains (each driver should practice putting them on)
    Flares or reflective triangle to warn other motorists if you break down.
    Blanket
    Flashlight and batteries
    Gallon jug of drinking water
    First aid kit.

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    I have a pantry, another closet next to it, and storage under the stairs. Would be nice to use the garage but without temperature control that's not the best for food items that heat could effect.

    I will be getting some storage tubs for the garage for non-food items.

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    And one more: EMERGENCY BACKPACK FOR TRAVELERS

    When traveling by car, each passenger should have an emergency backpack in addition to their regular luggage. If you have to abandon your car, each person can grab their own backpack.

    Jacket, hat, gloves and sturdy, snow-proof boots for each traveler.
    Non-perishable food
    Cell phone (the kind with a card so you don't pay unless you use) (each person does not have to have)
    Money (each person does not have to have large amount)

    Items in backpack can change with the seasons and according to what area you live in.

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    The important thing to remember is that these are EMERGENCY kits and you don't always have time to pack stuff up in an emergency. Gather it all up (the one for the house) and keep it near an exit of the house so you can grab and go when you have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctack2
    Couple Blankets (one per person)
    Got that one covered! lol

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    You should have a list of your prescriptions and several days supply of them in an emergency kit if at all possible. Also, do you have a way to get access to your credit card or checking account numbers if you lose your cards? Putting an old pair of prescription glasses in an emergency kit might also come in handy...better than not having any! Also a spare key for the car.

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    We have a backpack in the closet, for each person, with a change of clothes, some snacks, matches, flashlight, just a few things, in case you need to go fast. Always have the trucks ready in winter, with some extra blankets andgear!

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    Hi pam.
    I think the red cross has a list of things for you on thier site. They deal with disasters all the time. Here is a link to thier videos...

    http://www.redcrossstore.org/shopper...?LocationId=26


    One thing I also remember is having all your important papers in a flood/mud proof container. One of those grab and go things. I am not sure but the lady that does money management came out with one. I wish I could remember her name. She does a lot of pbs specials. Found her !! Suze Orman...
    Just google her kit under images and it will show up as a blue plastic box with cd's and manuals inside.

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    wow, lots of good ideas, we all need to do this

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    subscribe to Practical Primitive. They send out a newsletter that has different tips - how to build a fire without matches, making your own power bars, etc. They are really good folks.

    You can also subscribe to Backwoods Magazine for other survival tips also.

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    One of the books I ordered had some good reviews and covers a whole lot of things. Crisis Preparedness.

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    being as how we live close to the gulf and we were without electric and water for a week after Ivan (believe me, Katrina is NOT the only hurricane to ever hit the area - and Katrina did NOT destroy NewOrleans - Katrina destroyed the Mississippi coast - New Orleans destroyed New Orleans)....
    we stay prepared

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    You want to be prepared to leave your home on a minute's notice and have all the things you want to take ready, including important papers (including insurance documents), medications, phone charger, etc.

    You also need to be prepared to remain in your home for at least three days and have the food, water, medications, to sustain you.

    There are also lots of other events that require preparedness - pandemic preparedness, wilderness preparedness if you camp...

    And in this era of shrinking public budgets, it wouldn't hurt to know CPR and first aid if you live in a rural area - it can take a while for help to get to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJs
    being as how we live close to the gulf and we were without electric and water for a week after Ivan (believe me, Katrina is NOT the only hurricane to ever hit the area - and Katrina did NOT destroy NewOrleans - Katrina destroyed the Mississippi coast - New Orleans destroyed New Orleans)....
    we stay prepared
    We got hit by 3 in 2004, Charlie being the worst. One thing I have in my hurricane supplies is a flashlight that operates by turning a crank. If it takes a few days to get out, chances are that your batteries have run out. Now, if only they would make a pedal-operated air conditioner, I'd be svelte!

    Now that tv is all hi-def and such, I am surprised that battery operated tvs are no longer available. I know without the electrically-powered adapter box, I could not get any signals since the changeover.

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    We always called those "bug out bags". Can you tell I am a military brat? By the way, there are several good webites out there that give many good ideas.

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    Funny - I was just thinking about that today - we used to have the "hide under the desk drills" in the 1950s. And how to build a bomb shelter and stock it.

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    I saw the bags called BOB (Bug Out Bag) and a GOOD bag (Get Out Of Dodge).

    I've picked out some air-tight storage items but I'm waiting for a book I ordered that reviewers said has a lot of resources and recommendations.

    I have a hand crank flashlight/radio that hangs in a downstairs closet so I can find it easily.

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    You might want to check your kits once in a while to keep them current. Canned and dried foods might be non-perishable but you still don't want to keep them for years and years. Check that everything is dry and in good shape. If you packed clothes, do they still fit?

    Another key factor to disaster survival is rehearsal. Do real fire drills at home - the kind where the smoke detector is wailing and you're crawling through the house. The kind where you have 2 minutes to leave home. Do you know without a doubt where you would take shelter? The more these things are practiced and rehearsed, the more likely you will act upon them if necessary.

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